They could not convince him and Ricardo Gareca stopped being the coach of Vélez. After the meeting he held this Sunday with the club's leadership, the departure of the Tiger was confirmed, which on Monday will go to the Olympic Village to say goodbye to the squad. The coach's second cycle lasted barely three months. There were 12 games in which he added just 10 points: a victory against Central Córdoba (4-0) and seven draws. Against Belgrano, on Saturday, he accumulated the fourth defeat.
The fall in Cordoba accelerated the decision of Gareca, who anticipated his resignation in the locker room, did not show up at the press conference after the game (it was speculated with a health problem) and did not attend this Sunday morning to training in the Olympic Village. During the afternoon, a group of self-convened fans at the club's headquarters to support the coach, while president Sergio Rapisarda and manager Christian Bassedas tried to twist their decision.
Gareca will go this Monday to the Olympic Village that the club has in Ituzaingó and will say goodbye to the players. The immediate future is uncertain. The leadership does not have a plan B, on Wednesday Vélez plays for the Argentine Cup against Deportivo Español and on Monday night it receives Argentinos Juniors at the José Amalfitani. The team is second to last with 18 points, as are a handful of teams, just one more than Arsenal, last with 17 points. And the average relegation for next season is very low.
Regarding the health of the Tiger, after the 0-2 loss to Belgrano, the coach suspended the usual press conference. The press department of the entity argued that he had suffered "a physical decompensation, a discomfort" that would have prevented the 'Flaco' from giving his opinion.
This was added to a statement of the week in which Gareca had revealed how he was going through this hard sporting moment of Fortín, with which he knew how to be champion of Argentine football and today is fighting for permanence, with a squad with many youth players.
A while after seven in the afternoon, a tweet was spread in which Gareca himself brought tranquility to someone around him and said of his health: "I'm fine. As I did not give a press conference they say any boludez, that I decompensated. The only thing I did was take the pressure to see how I had it because my head hurt, but I'm fine, but nothing, normal, rest assured that I'm fine."
Then, he talked about what he was thinking: "I have to analyze everything well, Vélez is above everything, the only thing that interests me is that Vélez does well. So you saw, it's all I care about and I have to think through." Somehow, he anticipated what happened. Gareca felt that the best thing for Velez was to step aside. And he did it beyond the unanimous clamor of the fans to continue in office.